Essay on Christmas Carol Analysis

676 Words May 6th, 2013 3 Pages
Cesar Granda
E.G 121

When reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens you realize that Scrooge’s childhood has a huge impact on his adult life, his adult self is a mirror image of his child self, both in his emotions and relationships. This becomes apparent when the ghost of Christmas past appears and takes Scrooge on a journey back into his childhood days. His childhood really molds Scrooge into the person he becomes later in life. Scrooge was a lonely and withdrawn child because he lost connection with the only parent he had left after the death of his mother at childbirth. His father sends him away to boarding school and refuses to allow the young Scrooge to return home. This disconnection from the only parent he has
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Adult scrooge doesn’t travel freely having the liberty to do so. This shows that adult Scrooge still remains detached, both mentally and physically, from the world as he used to be when he was a child. Young Scrooge had no real relationship or connection with his family. Fan, his half-sister became the exception. Fan some what filled the feminine figure that Scrooge had lost when his mother died. Fan becomes the bridge that connects Scrooge back with his family. Even though Scrooge returns home his psychological damage seems to be impeding his ability to connect to anyone, specifically women. Scrooge believes in some unconscious level that getting close to a woman means eventually killing her. To Scrooge, getting close to a woman means impregnating her and thus killing her upon childbirth just as had occurred with his mother. Scrooge does somehow manage to get a fiancé, Belle: “‘You fear the world to much,’ she answered, gently. ‘All your other hopes have merged into the hope of being beyond the chance of sordid reproach. I have seen our noble aspirations fall off one by one, until the master-passion, gain, engrosses you. Have I not?’” (Dickens) Belle comes to realize that Scrooge does not want to get close enough to her to get married. Belle believes Scrooge has become obsessed with money to the point where he has started to neglect her. Money thus becomes a way for Scrooge to avoid people

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